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Edward C. Lawrence, Ph.D.

RxObserver.com Editor

Edward C. Lawrence, Ph.D. is a Professor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has won several national research awards and has more than 40 publications in leading journals. Currently his research is focused on health care economics and on improving the efficiency of the pharmaceutical distribution system.

Chris Jennings, Jennings Policy Strategies


Chris Jennings is an over three decades-long health policy veteran of the White House, the Congress and the private sector. In January, he departed from his second tour of duty in the White House where he served President Obama as Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy and Coordinator of Health Reform. He served in a similar capacity in the Clinton White House for nearly eight years.  He currently serves as president of Jennings Policy Strategies (JPS), a nationally respected health care consulting firm committed to assisting foundations, purchasers and other aligned stakeholders develop policies to ensure higher quality, more affordable health care.

Joanna Shepherd-Bailey, Emory University


Professor Joanna Shepherd-Bailey is a tenured law professor at Emory University in Atlanta.  She brings together training in Economics and Statistics with a deep understanding of many areas of law and litigation.  Professor Shepherd-Bailey’s research focuses on empirical analyses of legal changes and legal institutions. Her recent research has empirically examined issues related to the healthcare industry, tort reform, employment law, corporate law, and judicial elections.  In addition to publishing dozens of academic articles, Professor Shepherd-Bailey is an author of an Industrial Organization textbook. Her research has been discussed on CNN Sunday, National Fox News, and The O’Reilly Factor, as well as in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

G. Lawrence Atkins, Ph.D.


Dr. Atkins is President of the National Academy of Social Insurance in Washington, DC and a health policy consultant. He recently retired from Merck & Co., Inc. where he was Executive Director, U.S. Public Policy with responsibility for U.S. public policy development and policy analysis to support government affairs and product development. Dr. Atkins is a veteran of more than 30 years of health and social policy analysis, policy development, and legislative representation at the local, state, and federal levels. He directed Public Policy at Schering-Plough Corporation; was founder and President of Health Policy Analysts, Inc., a firm providing consultation on pharmaceutical, health benefit, and health care reimbursement issues; was Executive Director of the Corporate Health Care Coalition, an alliance of Fortune 100 companies on federal and state health reform issues; and headed a health and benefits policy practice in the Washington office of the New York law firm Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts. During the 1990s, Dr. Atkins served on two quadrennial Social Security Advisory Commissions – 1991 as a Commission member and 1995 as a member of the Technical Panel.

Dan Crane


Dan Crane is the Frederick Paul Furth, Sr., Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, where he teaches antitrust, contracts, and legislation and regulation.  He is also affiliated as a counsel with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.  Crane has written over thirty scholarly articles and five books on antitrust law and related topics, including The Making of Competition Policy:  Selected Sources (with Herbert Hovenkamp, Oxford University Press 2012) and The Institutional Structure of Antitrust Enforcement (Oxford University Press 2011).  He was previously a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a visiting professor at New York University, the University of Chicago, the Portuguese Catholic University, and Haifa University.